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R.I.P. Mr. Windsong aka Mark Hampson June 4, 1952 - Nov. 8, 2008

I recently lost an old musical partner and friend who I knew the better part of 30 years. here is a link to his obituary http://www.svherald.com/articles/2008/11/20/community/obituaries/doc492501d1e4328983214863.txt And here is my statement to the world on this personal loss: To the…

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Eastern touring summer 2008

I reconnected with my roots as a street performer this year and also with many old friends. Tap dancing originated as a busking art form and saxophone just sounds great outdoors. I started my performing career on the streets of…

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Cafe Cirque CD available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/shoehorn2

On January 22-23rd, I took my quartet into the Big Red recording studio to record 12 songs. We recorded to analog tape and achieved a live-in-the-studio document of the group's sound. Cafe Cirque features Dan Gaynor on piano. Skip Elliott…

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Cafe Cirque CD Release Party a big success!

My Cafe Cirque CD release Party at Jimmy Mak's was jammed with people- reservations were sold out and people were being packed in. My daughters, aka the VonTap Kids, joined us on stage during part of the first set, and…

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Madcap Variety Company tours New Mexico

For many years I have performed with variety or vaudeville and circus performers, starting on Mallory Dock in Key West and through my years as a busker and event performer in Europe, Japan and World Expositions. In addition to rotating…

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January at shoehornmusic

I am continuing to play the Rose City Vaudeville (1/17,1/31) and William Batty's Circus shows (with the Hatband, 1/26 ) at the Hippodrome and also have posted a solo demo on youtube (see links) My buddy Stevie G (no relation…

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Dennis Kucinich for President

To my fellow citizens. Hi everyone! I am announcing my support for Dennis Kucinich for President. I have no illusions that many of you care what I think about who would be a good president, but I urge you to…

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Breast Cancer Month

October is Breast Cancer Month. You might ask what that has to do with Shoehorn, tap dance and sax music. It just so happens that Sharita, a belly dancer who appeared in one of my shows, who teaches and performs…

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Tapping with DJs

MAKING TAP WORK 21ST CENTURY TAP:PERFORMING WITH DJs Go to an art gallery opening, what do you see? An ambient DJ. Attend a banquet, or your cousin’s wedding? Not a live band, but a DJ. It is not news…

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Tap on the Radio 2006

TAP ON THE RADIO IN 2006 This item also published in OnTap magazine Summer 2007 vol.18 #1 In keeping with my long-running obsession with the SOUND of tap dance, I am reporting a number of live radio events…

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Putin on the Ritz- an account of the 2002 Russian Tap Festival

copyright 2002 by Michael Shoehorn Conley First submitted to ON TAP, August 2002 Putin on the Ritz Tapparade 2002 in Moscow Talk about tapping into another culture! This event brought together the dance masters of Russia with American tappers…

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UPDATE EXTRA!!!

I just looked at this section and the last update was last December and a lot of stuff has happened since then. I was called back to the Main Street Theatre for a few more performances in the Spring and…